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Controversial project will provide new village homes

Representatives from Sanctuary Group, Youngs Homes and East Cambridgeshire District Council join Cllr Philip Hill from Burrough Green Parish Council at the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction. ANL-140424-170637001

Representatives from Sanctuary Group, Youngs Homes and East Cambridgeshire District Council join Cllr Philip Hill from Burrough Green Parish Council at the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction. ANL-140424-170637001

Work has begun on a controversial new £767,000 housing development in Burrough Green.

Six new homes are being built on a site opposite the village’s Sheriffs Court despite objections to the original planning application by the parish council and village residents, including the late former BBC racing presenter, Julian Wilson, who launched a petition which collected 96 signatures.

Objectors said local planning policy had designated Burrough Green, which has just 149 homes, as a ‘smaller village’ suitable for the development of only two houses, that the homes would not be for local people and they were being built on a site known as the ‘water meadow’ because of its drainage problems during periods of heavy rain.

A spokeswoman for the Sanctuary Group which is building the homes said they would be ‘energy efficient affordable new homes for six local families’ and would be made available on ‘an affordable rental basis to people who live in Burrough Green or who had a connection to the village.’ They are due to be completed later this year. Call 0800 131 3348 for more information on applying for one of the new houses.

 

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